CIMRM Supplement - Mithraeum. Lucciana / Mariana, Corsica, France

Philippe Chapon, head of excavation, in the centre (in blue), in the interior of the nave. From: Corse-Matin. Photo by Xavier Grimaldi.

Overview of excavations around the church of La Canonica.

Aerial view of the site. By Denis Gliksman - Inrap

Fragments of the tauroctony. By Denis Gliksman - Inrap

Bronze bell. By Denis Gliksman - Inrap

Oil lamps found.

The centre of the nave with a brick structure.

The other bell

By Carole Heiligenstein /Corse Net Infos. 7Via here.

In February 2017 a new Mithraeum was discovered during excavations for a new road at the Roman site of Mariana, at Lucciana in Corsica, near the church of La Canonica. The remains of a tauroctony were found in three pieces in the cult chamber, which had the two benches as usual on either side. The oil lamps found give a date of the 3rd century AD. The site was destroyed and burned in the 4th or 5th century, and became a rubbish dump.

Mariana, a Roman colony founded around 100 BC, reached its peak in the 3rd or 4th century. The excavations are in the peripheral area of the city, according to the Inrap (National Institute for Preventative Archaeological Research) communique. The sanctuary consists of a Mithraeum and its antechamber. The main cult chamber as usual consists of a central aisle, dug out, with two raised benches on either side, surrounded by a lime-coated wall. Two vaulted brick niches are present in the thickness of the benches. One still contained three intact oil lamps. At the top of the corridor was the bas-relief of Mithras, of which three fragments were found. Other marble elements were found, including the head of a woman. Two bronze bells, many broken lamps, and some jars of fine paste could be liturgical furniture. A plaque of bronze and another of lead bear inscriptions which remain to be decyphered. The exact causes of the destruction of the sanctuary are unknown.

From the article in Corse-Matin:

From the IBTimes report:

It is intended to create a Roman museum at Mariana, and the discovery may cause the road to be diverted.

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